MALVERN, Pa.--Leslie Young saddled three of the five winners at the Radnor Hunt Races on May 21, including Court Ruler (Ire) in the $30,000, 2 1/8 mile Rating Handicap Hurdle.
On an unseasonably hot and humid Saturday in May, with temperatures reaching the mid 90s, there appeared to be only one horse adversely affected by the weather, and that one was quickly administered to and recuperated quickly.
"My horses didn't have any issues," said Young. "We made sure they had plenty of water, fluids,and we gave them electrolytes."
Leipers Fork Steeplechasers' Court Ruler, ridden by Harry Beswick, won the Handicap by 1 length over Animal Kingston, trained by Neil Morris in a 10 horse field in which six finished and four pulled up.
"I was very happy with Court Ruler," said Young. "We got him in Ireland because he was a bleeder. But he didn't bleed today. Harry gave him a beautiful ride, just stalked the pace and came on to win. Do I think he's stakes materiel? No. We'll see what his rating is, and maybe make him a timber horse."
LEIPERS FORK Steeplechasers' Tomgarrow (Ire), ridden by Freddie Procter, won the $20,000, 3 mile Open Timber by 15 1/2 lengths over Charlie Fenwick's Royal Ruse, trained by Sanna Neilson, the only two finishers in a race that had scratched down to just three horses.
"Freddie just let him pop out to where he was comfortable and let him roll down the hills," said Young of Procter's ride on Tomgarrow, who led comfortably for the whole race and was hand ridden to the finish.
Ballybristol Farm's Cause for Pardon, ridden by Tom Garner, won the $10,000 Maiden Starter Hurdle by 13 lengths over Pleasecallmeback, trained by Keri Brion.
"He's such a fun horse," said Young. "We claimed him for $10,000. He's gotten a lot of seconds and thirds, but this time he just galloped to the wire. I wanted to make him a timber horse, but the owners wanted a hurdle horse. He may go to Colonial, or maybe we'll turn him to timber."
Joe Davies saddled Gerry Brewster'sGrey Giant, ridden by son Teddy, to win the $25,000 Maiden Hurdle by 1 1/2 lengths over Romp.trained by Brion, and Morris saddled Pathfinder Racing's Brevard Place to win the $10,000 Maiden Claiming Hurdle by 4 1/4 lengths over Agravain, trained by Todd Wyatt.
At the end of the spring steeplechase season, Young leads in both Trainer, Races Won and Money Won, with 21 wins and $434,250, with Brion second with 14 races won and $363.400 and Jack Fisher third with seven wins and $316,750.
Parker Hendriks leads in Jockeys, Races Won and Money Won with 12 wins and $295,050, with Procter second in Races Won with 10 wins and Graham Watters second in Money Won with $222,850.while Garner is third in both sections with 7 wins and $194,800.
Irv Naylor leads in Owner, Money Won with $225,050, with Bruton Street-US second with $175,950 and Ballybristol Farm third with $123,600.
Summer racing begins July 11 at Colonial Downs and July 20 at Saratoga.